Moses Kumwenda is a Social Science PhD fellow at the College of Medicine of the University of Malawi and supported by Helse Nord TB Initiative and Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative. His thesis examines the longer-term dynamics within established heterosexual couples after undergoing HIV self-testing and care-seeking pathways following a positive self-test result. Moses main areas of research interest are 1) investigating social impacts of new biomedical interventions/technologies and 2) re-examining health interventions to address access barriers linked to masculinity.
Watch the video » Dr Moses Kumwenda – Video “Undetectable = Untransmittable”
Malawi has a highly successful HIV programme but counselling messages given during HIV testing show limited emphasis on “Undetectable = Untransmittable” or “U=U”. EDCTP Fellow Dr Moses Kumwenda is developing and piloting contextually relevant “Undetectable = Untransmittable” communication materials that could be delivered through the AnteNatal Clinics in Blantyre, Malawi. One of those materials, a video explaining the concept of “U=U” and the benefits of keeping viral loads in the blood of people living with HIV low, is now available. The results of this research will be used to guide the formation of national and international policies.